DUDLEY KINGSWINFORD 54 KENILWORTH 7
Kenilworth outplayed in disappointing Dudley defeat
Kenilworth slipped to another disappointing defeat at the weekend as they were comprehensively beaten 54-7 away to Dudley Kingswinford on Saturday, writes Sophie Freestone.
Kenilworth had the first opportunity to score points having started the match well, but Hickman's penalty attempt was just wide of the uprights after four minutes.
Two minutes later Dudley were on the score board with the opening try of the match. The ball was cleared from a Kenilworth scrum following a Dudley knock on, but the home side's flanker stormed through the Kenilworth defence to score by the posts for an easily converted try and an early 7-0 lead.
This lead was doubled after just 11 minutes, despite a great attack from Kenilworth. Scrum half Alex Selby made a superb break from inside his own half, but Dudley made the most of a lucky bounce to score under the posts for their second converted try.
Despite a comfortable lead Dudley continued to put pressure on the visitors' defence, scoring their third try straight from the restart with a move that started deep inside their own 22. There was no mistake with the conversion and after just 13 minutes of play Dudley had accumulated a 21-point lead.
As the half progressed, both sides showed signs of promise in attack but it was once again Dudley who made the most of their opportunities, securing the bonus point after just 25 minutes. Their fourth try came straight from a line out following a penalty kick to touch as they made the most of some gaping holes in the Kenilworth defence to extend their lead to 28 points.
With the second half underway, Kenilworth continued to search for an opening in the Dudley defence, but a swirling wind made it difficult to make any ground through the boot of Hickman and Dudley were soon celebrating another converted try. With a number of missed tackles, Dudley cruised through the Kenilworth defence for a fifth try to extend their lead to 35-0 with 47 minutes played.
Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors, as second row Tom Lane was sin binned for interfering in the ruck, although Dudley were unable to make the most of their one man advantage. In the minutes after Lane's yellow card, Dudley squandered three opportunities to cross the whitewash from close range as Kenilworth's defence held strong.
Winger Joe Jepps then showed a great turn of speed with an excellent solo run, only for the ball to be knocked on. Jepps then received a yellow card of his own for interfering in the ruck to leave Kenilworth playing, briefly, with just 13 men.
With Lane back on the field to bolster Kenilworth's defence, Dudley eventually scored after multiple failed attempts. This time the conversion was unsuccessful to leave the score at 40-0.
With the match approaching the final ten minutes, Kenilworth showed what they are capable of with Jamie Mapletoft crossing for what was unfortunately a mere consolation. Hickman's conversion made the score 40-7 with ten minutes remaining.
Despite the match being way beyond Kenilworth's grasp Dudley continued to push for more tries and they soon came with two converted tries in six minutes to give Dudley a 47 point victory that brings Dudley level on points with Kenilworth in the league.